Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type
Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.
Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.
The applicationInsights.config file should support .config transformations.
We want to use different logging based on the selected build profile so our different staging environments can have different type of logging.
Right now there is no easy way to use AI with "Publish" in VS.
This way, you can remove the profile part from the .config file and it will work the same way as the rest of VS .config files works.
No need to invent the wheel again.
In a continuous integration scenario you will have a Team Build set up to execute on check-in. This will kickoff a deploy to a continuous integration server and will execute unit tests against the deploy. This works fine for just running unit tests. However if you want to leverage the Unit Test framework to do some integration testing you'll run into problems with configuration for connectionstrings and webservice uri's. You'll need the ability to change the app.config for unit test depending on the environment it is testing against. Best way to do this seems to be by using the same strategy as is used for web.configs.
Support for Web.config transformations have been supported for Web Application Projects, however App.config (or Xml transformations in general) have lacked this feature. Thankfully, the SlowCheetah extension provides this functionality, but shouldn't Visual Studio support such a useful feature, natively?
Config/Xml transformations are useful for projects of all types, outside of just web projects. Windows Services are typically deployed to multiple environments (Dev, Lab, QA, Production, etc.), just like web applications. Transformations would benefit enterprise developers, just the same as web developers.
I don't understand why web config transformations come bundled within Visual Studio, but to transform fat client (Win Forms, WPF) apps, you have to download the Slow Cheetah extension. Save us all the trouble and make this an out of the box feature.
Config transforms change behavior that should be easily testable.
Without this option either the web.config must be edited or the app must be published.
Please add an easy way to use a config transform during debug and test without changing the web.config itself. If the config file is changed, then it would be easy to accidentally commit those changes to source control.
When creating WinForm projects, our projects will set the correct app.config file to be used. During Debug mode, however, the application debug code does not know which .config to use and as such reverts back to the system app.config. It would be great if the configuration manage would allow one to specify which confi file for that configuration to use (system default would be app.config if not specified)
Update 2/14/2017 – I am happy to announce that we have updated the SlowCheetah extension to work with Visual Studio 2017 and 2015. You can install the extension from the VS marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=WillBuikMSFT.SlowCheetah-XMLTransforms
We are also in the process of adding support for additional project and file types. For the latest development news for the extension, check out the GitHub repo: https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah
Please let us know if you run into any issues by reporting them at the issue tracker on SlowCheetah’s GitHub page.
Note: if you installed the preview extension for Visual Studio 2015, please be sure to remove it before installing the new one to avoid conflicts.
I've found Cheetah very useful on a number of projects
can't work with out this, we do quite a bit of non web applications and use the debug/release transform all the time - e.g. connection strings for dev / uat / live database - the transforming makes this so much easier.
Travis Johnson commented
This is a must have.
I've been using this for years and can't believe it's not already part of Microsoft's base product! C'mon - let's get this thing voted in!
thanks! really need it!
Keep SlowCheetah ALIVE
I won't be able to upgrade to VS2015 until there is equivalent functionality. Please make it happen!
This should be standard operating procedure.
Ray Humphrey commented
I need this very much for several desktop apps I have created and maintain. It makes deployment less prone to errors.
Phillip Ring commented
I use config transforms all the time with SlowCheetah wish it was native in VS
Not supporting XML transforms for different builds is a breaking change for us. Please integrate this into future VS versions for all XML files, not just *.config.
Yeah! Thanks Will. This is good news and very needed and we appreciate Microsoft listening.
Glad to hear that VS2015 WILL WORK with this great extension!
Douw Loots commented
Please vote for the SlowCheetah feature to support web.config transformation on F5 as this is essential when debugging web over multiple environments: http://slowcheetah.uservoice.com/forums/185106-general/suggestions/3385389-support-for-transforming-web-config-on-f5
Thanks for keeping SlowCheetah alive, Will.
Muhammad Rehan SAeed commented
Great news. Exactly what we all wanted. They listened to the community, everybody wins.
Colm d commented
This is a vital add on for Visual studio. How many times do we have to ask for this item before you wake up to what your users want.
Stanley Goldman commented
Can I get a re-tweet..
+ 1 for standart feature
This has to be included in VS by default. So many config files outside of web.config are impacted by environment configuration. Come on Microsoft, get it together!